Blogging & Tweeting

I was rather a late entrant to the World of tweeting and blogging but have found it hugely engaging, at times almost too engaging.  I took it up when I joined the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust Redesigning Schools & Vision 2040 Group in March 2013.  There I met @headguruteacher (Tom Sherrington), @HuntingEnglish(Alex Quigley), @KevBartle (surprisingly Kev Bartle) and @RobCarter2012 (Rob Carter) who were also part of the group.  It still makes me smile how we knew each other by their twitter handles and then had to tell each other what our actual names were.  I originally blogged and tweeted as @Head_stmarys but now only use this for information and messages to students and parents.

I’m more of a blogger than a tweeter and twitter often makes my head spin despite following a pathetically small number of people.  I hope this improves with practice.  On twitter there are far too many great tweeters to mention them all but @johntomsett, @jillberry102 and @TeacherTweaks been very supportive.  @RosMc just makes me laugh with her tweets!

Undoubtedly the most influential tweeter and blogger I interact with is @TeacherToolkit (Ross McGill) who has generously guided me along the right path on more than one or two occasions.  Following a chat with Ross I set up www.leadinglearner.me and took the twitter handle @LeadingLearner – the name just said it all.  I spend my professional days leading and have committed myself to trying to model what a professional learner should do.

I have had a great time co-authoring blogs with Ross including a number of #5MinPlan resources.  It was a huge boost when he invited me to write a few “chapters” for his first book, 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons.

Blogging about what interests me, I write many posts about things that we have done at St. Mary’s Catholic College or things we are currently focussing on plus a few that just seem to appear in the box of frogs that operates as my brain.

My main learning and professional development now occurs on line.  I would never have predicted this twelve months ago so goodness only knows how blogging and tweeting will impact on me over the coming years.



5 thoughts on “Blogging & Tweeting

  1. Keep it up Stephen. Be great to see some of your departments in school take up the challenge of sharing school photos and projects…

    Posted by @TeacherToolkit | September 1, 2013, 1:02 pm
  2. It’s never too late – unless you are a (particular type of) Head of IT. Then it is never. End of.

    Posted by johnarudkin | May 26, 2014, 5:04 pm
  3. No matter if some one searches for his required thing, therefore he/she wants to be available that in detail, so that thing is maintained over here.

    Posted by KristopTenney | December 20, 2014, 8:07 pm
  4. Great to hear both sense and passion for teaching being articulated in accessible ways. The talk @BeyondLevels event in Chester was inspirational. A real smorgasbord of ideas, support and the essence that what most teachers feel about education and schooling is also what other teachers feel too. Thanks Stephen.

    Posted by Robin | May 14, 2017, 9:49 pm
  5. Great way to share ideas and showing passion for education. These sort of blogs not only help teachers to share educational stuff but students can get important stuff from these as well. Thanks for sharing great ideas. Keep posting great stuff. Thank you.

    Posted by essaywritinghelpukblog | March 15, 2018, 6:55 am

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